For students less inclined to respond well to math or science, here are some courses that do not require labs and have no pre-requites, and that can satisfy courses for the CUNY BA math/science core (there may be others, this is not a definitive list).

This list is prepared for students who entered CUNY BA prior to Fall 2013 to help them complete the program’s Core Distribution.

Students who enter CUNY BA in Fall 2013 and later must choose Math and Science courses approved as part of CUNY’s Pathways General Education Requirement when they still have these requirements left to complete after admission: Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course); Life and Physical Sciences (1 course); and Scientific World (1 course).


CHEM 13, Chemistry in Daily Living, 3 cr

MAT 12, Introduction to Mathematical Thought, 3 cr

MAT 21, Survey of Mathematics I, 3 cr

MAT 22, Survey of Mathematics II, 3 cr

MAT 26, Mathematics in the Modern World, 3 cr


CORC 1311 Thinking Mathematically

CORC 1312 Computing: Nature, Power, and Limits

CORC 1321 Biology for Today’s World

CORC 1322 Science in Modern Life: Chemistry

CORC 1331 Physics: The Simple Laws That Govern the Universe

CORC 1332 Geology: The Science of Our World

CORC 3212 Mathematics of Non-Western Civilizations

CORC 3301 Cosmology

CORC 3302 Energy Use and Climate Change

CORC 3303 Exploring Robotics

CORC 3304 Exploring the Earth System

CORC 3305 Exploring Scientific Issues: Methodology, Theory, and Ethics in the Sciences

CORC 3306 Scientific Revolutions

CORC 3307 Studies in Forensic Science

CORC 3308 The Making of the Atomic Bomb

CORC 3309 Climate Change: Torn Between Myth and Fact

CORC 3310 Paradoxes of Reason

CORC 3311 Society and the Ocean

CORC 3312 Mathematics of Non-Western Civilizations

BIO 13.6 Ethical Issues in Biology, 3 cr

CHEM 1000, Chemistry and Society, 3 cr

EESC 3.32, Geology, the Science of our World, 3 cr

EESC 1042, The History of Life, 3 cr.

EESC 1043, Geology of the National Parks, 3 cr


BIO 10000, Biology, The Strategy of Life, 3 cr.

CHEM 10000, Chemistry and Society, 3 cr

EAS 10000, The Dynamic Earth, 3 cr

EAS 10100, The Atmosphere, 3 cr

MATH 10000, Mathematics for the Contemporary World, 3 cr

MATH 18000, Quantitative Reasoning, 3 cr

PHYS 10000, Ideas of Physics, 3 cr


IAS 10400, 10500: Nature and Human Beings (Core Science)

This course introduces students to fundamental ideas in the biological and physical sciences as well as the interaction of science with society. One of the important aims will be to develop an understanding of the scientific method with an emphasis on model building and its wide range of potential applicability. Another important goal will be to convey an appreciation of both the possibilities and limitations of science and technology. 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr. per course.


CHEM 106, Chemistry for Today, 3 cr

MATH 102, Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students, 3 cr

MATH 103, Mathematical Ideas, 4 cr

FSC 103, Freshman Workshop in Science and Technology, 2 cr


CSCI 12100 – Computers and Money: Quantitative Reasoning in Context

Quantitative reasoning tackled from a computer based perspective and focusing on practical financial topics-stocks, gambling, inflation, diversification, taxes, hedging, saving, real estate, retirement and others. Students take a hands-on, spreadsheet- based approach to understanding issues of money and personal finance.

REL 361 – Special Topics: Science and Religion

EEPS 101, The Human Uses of Energy, 3 cr

MATH 100, Basic Structures of Mathematics, 3 cr

MATH 102, Mathematics and Everyday Life, 3 cr

WGS 200.63:  Sexuality, Gender and Science  3 cr

Is there a female brain?  Is homosexuality genetic?  This course explores the relationships among sexuality, gender and science.  We begin with feminism’s critique of science.  Next, we will study feminism’s adoption and adaption of scientific thinking and the field of feminist science studies.  Topics to be addressed include eugenics and scientific racism, Freud and hysteria, cyborgs, biosociality and nature-cultures.


BIOL 101, Paced Modern Biology 1a, 2 cr

BIOL 102, Paced Modern Biology 1b, 3 cr               You must take/pass 1b to get credit for 1a

CHEM 101, General Chemistry 1a, 2 cr

CHEM 102, General Chemistry 1b, 3 cr                    You must take/pass 1b to get credit for 1a

GEN 255, The Biology of Gender and Sexuality (does have science prerequisites)

MAT 103, Elements of Modern Mathematics I, 1 cr

MAT 104, Paced Elements of Modern Mathematics II, 3 cr            You must take/pass MAT 104 to get credit for MAT 103; MAT 103 alone is insufficient to count as a single math course for CUNY BA’s core


MATH 8, Practical Mathematics for Today’s World, 3 cr

PHY 1, Preview of General Physics, 2 cr


MAT 132  History of Mathematics

This course serves as an examination of the theoretical developments of mathematics from antiquity to the end of the last century. Mathematical thoughts will be studied in relation to the social, economic and technological forces of various crucial periods. Among the topics treated historically are systems of numeration, logic, geometry from Euclid through Riemann, and the development of the modern computer beginning with primitive instruments.

SCB 101, Topics in Biological Sciences, 3 cr

SCC 101, Topics in Chemistry, 3 cr

SCP 101, Topics in Physical Sciences, 3 cr


Course Title:  Science and Technology in New York City


CHEM 104, Chemistry and our World, 4 cr

MATH 114, Nature of Mathematics, 3 cr


AS 401, Science, Technology and Society, 3 cr


CHEM 16.3, Chemistry in the Modern Society Lecture, 3 cr

CHEM 16, Chemistry in the Modern Society, 3 cr

ENVS 100, Our Planet in the 21st Centure, 4 cr

MATH 110, Mathematical Literacy, 3 cr

MATH 113, Ideas in Mathematics, 3 cr

MNSCI 113, Contemporary Issues in the Sciences, 3 cr

PHYS 7, Intro to Physic of Music Sound, 3cr


ET  820 Computers in Society

Implications of the computer age; present-day use of computers in homes, careers, and other aspects of modern life; future impact on the job market and society; nontechnical explanation of basic structure and operation of computers, including the use of the Department’s computer center.

BIO 110, Fundamentals of Life Science, 3 cr

CHEM 101, Living in a Chemical World, 3 cr

CHEM 103, Chemistry and the Arts, 3 cr

MAT 210, Fundamental Mathematics, 3 cr

PHY 102, Physics From an Historical Viewpoint, 4 cr

PHY 103, Frontiers in Physics


MATH 101                      Fundamentals of Mathematics                                                          3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

This course will introduce students to various topics in mathematics: set theory, logic, counting and combrinatorics (the branch of mathematics that studies finite collections of objects satisfying specified criteria) and historical or alternate base number systems. Students will be expected to apply these constructs to problems in the real world and not simply to consider them abstractly.

MATH 102                      Mathematics in Contemporary Society                                             3 Credits

Prerequisite: MATH 101, or equivalent.

Designed to provide students with an understanding of the mathematical ideas and methods found in the social sciences, the arts, and business, this course covers the fundamentals of statistics, scatter plots, graphics in the media, problem-solving strategies, dimensional analysis, and mathematical modeling. Students can expect to explore real world applications.

AST 101                         Introductory Astronomy                                                                     3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

Students learn about stars, and about the astronomical information that forms our model of the universe. Stars and collections of stars will be shown to have a birth as well as an anticipated death predicted by natural laws. Students will learn to understand and express scientific ideas.

BIO 101                          General Biology                                                                                  3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

The course provides an introduction to the chemical basis of life; cellular structure, function and reproduction; photosynthesis and cell respiration; human anatomy and physiology and plant structure and function. Students will have access to virtual labs and computer simulations.

BIO 201                          Anatomy and Physiology 1                                                                3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Starting with an overview of the organization of the human body and the terminology used to describe the location of body parts, the course then discusses basic chemical concepts essential for understanding physiological processes. The characteristics and functions of cells, tissues, and membranes are discussed, as are the anatomical and functional divisions of organ systems including: the skin and integumentary system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, sensory system, and the endocrine system.

HIST 201                        The Ascent of Man: An Introduction to the History of Science      3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

Based on the BBC television series by Jacob Bronowski, this course traces the development of civilization through advances in science and technology. Through weekly writing assignments and exploration of the rich internet resources on the history of science, students will deepen their knowledge of the history of science and its significance for world history.

EAS 201                         The Nature of New York                                                                     3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

This science course allows students to explore New York City’s rich and diverse natural environment through a unique online learning experience. The course focuses on the city’s origins and transformation over time, and provides students with a sound introduction to ecological thinking. The course includes assignments that explore urban ecosystems and habitats.

EAS 250                         Oceanography                                                                                     3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

Ocean Studies is an introductory college-level course developed by the American Meteorological Society for implementation at undergraduate  institutions  nationwide.  The  course  places  students  in  a  dynamic  and  highly  motivational  educational environment where they investigate the role of the ocean in the Earth System by using real-world current environmental data.

PHYS 301                      Space, Time and Motion-Physical Science                                      3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

This course traces changing understandings of motion, time, space, matter, and energy through the ideas of the ancient Greek philosophers, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Topics studied include the concepts of motion, relativity and gravity; and the discoveries and ideas of Einstein and other major thinkers in the field of physical science.

PHIL 301                       Computers, Society, and Human Values                                         3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

This course explores the impact of computers and information networks on society. Topics include privacy and confidentiality, computer crime, harassment, identity, honesty, mechanization, secrecy, proprietary rights, and technological dependence. The course will help students identify and respond to moral issues and dilemmas related to information systems and communication networks.


CHEM 121, Chemistry in Our Time, 3 cr

NS 100, Concepts and Methods of Science, 2 cr